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Chapter 24: Internal Turmoil

“Where should we look first, dad?” I asked, panicked.

“I’m not too sure. Did April tell you where she was going when she left?”

“No, she didn’t tell me at all, which is why I’m so confused.”

“Try looking for her and I’ll try searching for the other elders, okay?”

I nodded and closed my eyes. I couldn’t find April, and once I knew I couldn’t see her, I knew she took my mother, Xavier, and Nikki. I knew it was her, it just had to be.

“I don’t see her,” I whispered.

“I don’t see the other elders, either.”

“So, where could they be?” Dante asked.

“I really have no clue. I didn’t know April all that well and I just honestly don’t know where they could be,” my dad answered.

“Maybe we should try to feel for Xavier. You said we can feel darklings, correct?”

“Yeah, that’s a good point. Try it and I’ll try as well.”

I closed my eyes and imagined Xavier lying in my arms. I could feel his energy, but I wasn’t sure where it was coming from. It felt very far away and I could tell that they weren’t in the United States. They were across the ocean somewhere, but I just couldn’t put my finger on their location.

“They’re really far away, aren’t they?” I asked.

“Yes, it seems like they might be around Italy, somewhere. Do you feel that?”

“Yeah, but I couldn’t tell where they were, I could just tell that they weren’t in the States.”

“Dante, see if you can feel him. I’d like to know what type of powers you have now.”

I looked over to Dante and saw him closing his eyes and concentrating. He opened his eyes slowly and started shaking his head.

“Nope, I tried, but I’m honestly not quite sure what to do. But anyway, we don’t have the time to waste on this. Damien, if you can find where they are, shouldn’t we be leaving right away?”

“Yeah, I was just curious though. You can’t blame me for asking you to try,” he smiled, “So, they’re in Italy and if we transport there, and then feel for Xavier, his energy should be even stronger, so we can find them that way.”

“It sounds like a good plan to me,” I shrugged. “But, how will we know where to go? I’ve never been to Italy before.”

“Excuse me, but I spent twenty years of my life there,” Dante laughed, raising his hand in the air.

“That’s right! I’m sorry, I forgot,” I giggled back.

“Just hold onto me and I’ll take you guys there,” Dante said, holding his hand out to me.

I took it and held my hand out to my father and we arrived in the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen.

Honestly, I almost forgot what we were supposed to be doing when we arrived in Italy. The streets were bare, but the buildings were the definition of flawless. Sure, they were a bit cracked and broken in some places, but it was a breath of fresh air to see this town instead of the towns in the states.

“Dante, you lived here? I’ve always wanted to come here, but I never thought I’d have enough money. It’s a funny thing that all I had to do was hold onto your hand.”

“Yes, we used to have a lot of tourists coming this way. Would you like to see my old home?”

“Maybe we should wait until we find the children and Victoria’s mother,” my dad chimed in.

“Oh, that’s true. I’m getting ahead of myself. Now, can you feel his energy stronger yet, Damien?”

My dad closed his eyes and felt for Xavier, as did I, and I could feel him almost like he was touching me. It was a slight tingle feeling, but I could tell it was Xavier. He had a certain aura and energy about him that was very distinguishable. But, I still couldn’t tell the exact location of where he was, which was very frustrating.

“Can you tell where he is, dad?” I asked, annoyance ringing through my voice.

“They’re just a block away!” He shouted, running straight forward.

I turned to Dante and shrugged, taking off after my father. He ran quickly, but I soon found that I could catch up to him. Come to think of it, I hadn’t run too much since I found out I had powers, in the first place.

He started to slow down after we turned a few corners and I stopped next to him, dropping my jaw.

“The….Coliseum?” I said, breathless.

“Why in the world would they be here?” My dad asked, looking over the tall building.

“I can’t believe why they would be here, but I would imagine we should be ready for anything,” Dante answered.

“Well, let’s go inside, I guess,” I said, taking a few steps forward and through one of the doors.

The whole place was broken-down, yet it was even more beautiful than when I had seen it in my dreams. I walked through the opening where doors used to be and looked up and around me, taking in all of the scenery it had to offer-which was a very large amount.

Dante walked up faster beside me and grabbed my hand, staring straight ahead as we walked into the large battle-zone.

We gazed ahead and saw some figures, but I couldn’t make out who or what they were. I could feel the energy from Xavier the strongest here, and I knew that he was ahead somewhere.

I heard a few muffled screams and some sounds of the cracking of a whip, but I couldn’t tell who it was. It was probably my mother, I’d imagined.

“Let’s go!” I whispered, running forward.

Dante held onto my hand and kept up with me while my dad followed closely behind.

I gasped as the scene finally came into view.

Nikki and Xavier had duct tape over both of their mouths and their hands were tied behind their backs together, rendering them useless. Xavier had tears in his eyes and Nikki looked strong, although I could feel that she was terrified.

It seemed like they were taking turns with the beatings-and now was my mother’s turn. She was strapped to a table that lay on the ground, a blindfold covered her eyes and her mouth was also taped closed.

I walked a little to the left, trying to see who’s face it was that was causing all of the pain to my loved ones. Of course-who else could it be?

“April!” I screamed, running toward her. I stopped abruptly and felt something holding me back-a very strong force. I looked around to see all of the elders staring at me in concentration.

She must have taught them some of her ways when she had left. I knew it was her, of course it was her! Damn her!

“Let go of me!” I screamed, trying to move my feet, but having no success.

I looked behind me and Dante and my father were glued to the ground as well. I knew I was stronger than this, but the stress of the situation drained me.

“Dad, can you move?!” I shouted back to him.

“I’m trying!” I saw his legs start to move just a tiny bit but I could tell that it was wearing him out.

Dante almost fell to his knees from the force, but I kept my ground. I felt like a statue and I couldn’t do anything as I watched my mother be ruthlessly beat for the second time in my life.

“This isn’t happening,” I told myself. “I’m stronger than this.”

I closed my eyes and I could feel the energy of many strong hands holding my feet to the ground and pushing me from the front, keeping me in place.

I tried to pry their grip from me, but once I would get a hand off, another would grab back on. I knew the only way I could get them off was to knock them all off at once.

I started to growl and build my strength up. I threw my hands in the air and broke all of their arms at once, making them all wince in pain. I freed myself and ran at April again, full speed, lunging for her throat.

“That’s it! This time, you’re going to die!” I screamed at her.

She turned her head and an expression of worry flew across her face. She put her hands into the air as I knocked her down, digging my teeth into her throat.

“Victoria! Let go!” She shrieked, but I didn’t stop. This was the last straw for me. I was completely done with her, and if she didn’t die today, she would be really lucky.

I dug my teeth in farther, holding her hands down to her sides. I could feel her bones breaking as I put all of my bodyweight on her wrists. I pushed down harder and could feel her arms sinking down into the ground with my power.

I could hear a few more screams and rips coming from behind me and figured that my father was getting his revenge. Not to mention, Dante.

I ripped my teeth from her throat, pulling out her jugular vein with me. I tasted a very pungent flavor gushing from her open wound and turned my head with disgust.

She then made her move, knocking me to the ground under her and trying to push me down, the same way I did to her.

“You’re going to pay!” She shouted, pulling a large chunk of hair out of my head.

I pushed her back with my mind, making her fly at least fifty feet into the air. She smashed against the ground, crying out in pain, leaving me the okay to get up.

I pushed myself off of the ground standing up straight and confident. She wouldn’t be getting away, this time.

She stood back up and stared at me, her hair covering her face. I could see her bright red eye peaking out with anger, but I knew that I had to have looked much deadlier than she ever could.

I glanced to my side and saw a heap of bodies in the midst of war; my father and Dante being the center. Gargling sounds and ripping sounds tore through the walls of the Coliseum, echoing into the air.

I looked back to April, who was standing in the same position as she had been.

I closed my eyes again, imaging a piece of the earth ripping up from underneath her.

I heard her scream and opened my eyes again, watching her fly into the air and the dirt from the ground raining back down.

I held my hand up, keeping her in the air and then smashed her back down as hard as I could, fracturing more of her brittle bones. She lay there for a second, breathing heavily, but honestly, I didn’t care one bit.

I know last time I thought I would kill her, but this time, I knew I would kill her.

She tried to stand back up, stumbling a little and holding her head, but she just cracked her neck from side-to-side and straightened herself up, flipping her hair behind her.

“You still want more?” I asked with a smile.

“I could do this all day,” she laughed.

This set me off. First of all, she kidnaps my mother, Xavier, and Nikki, and now she wants to kill me? I keep wondering what her real problem is!

“What is your problem anyway, April?!” I shouted over to her.

“I don’t think that’s any of your business!” She screamed back.

“I think it kind of is my business, considering you’re trying to kill my family and I for nothing!”

“You wouldn’t be interested anyway. Just shut up, Victoria, you’re not worth it.”

“What are you talking about?! April, I’ve only always been nice to you, and you just keep screwing me over! I just don’t get it!”

“I’m never going to tell you, so you can just give it up, okay?”

“Whatever, it’s your death-wish, then.”

“We’ll see about that,” she smirked.

I closed my eyes, trying to break her barrier to her mind again, but before I could reach it, I felt myself being thrown backwards and into a stone wall. Luckily, it didn’t hurt at all, and I just laughed.

“Nice try!” I shouted to her, running back to where she was standing.

“Quit trying to hear my thoughts!”

“Then just tell me what’s wrong with you! Were you lying last time?!”

“I told you that’s none of your business!”

I closed my eyes again, getting closer to her wall, climbing over it. I had broken into her fourtrace that is her mind and crawled into her very deepest thoughts.

Dante should love me, what does he see in this girl anyway? Why does she get to have the life I’ve always wanted?! I hate her!

“You want Dante, do you?!” I screamed, opening my eyes and throwing her thoughts away.

“You wouldn’t understand!”

“Of course I wouldn’t, but you know, he fell in love with me, just give it up!”

“I’ll never give up hope that I’ll kill you one day and he’ll want me!”

“So, this fight is over jealousy?!”

“Whatever it may be, you’re not worthy of his love!”

Dante spun around, growling and I looked over to him.

“April, I have never and will never love you!” He yelled.

“Why did you lie to me?! Why did you give me hope?!”

“When did that ever happen?!” He screamed back, taking my side.

“You know when, Dante. When Vincent left me, you comforted me, you held me, you told me things I wanted him to say to me. You gave me hope, and then this little bitch comes around and you forget all about me!” She shot me an angry look.

“Listen, April,” I started, “I never asked Dante to love me. It was his choice, and obviously you weren’t right for him! So give it up!”

“April, I knew what Vincent did to you was terrible, and I wanted to make you feel better. There was never any feeling behind it except the feelings of friendship that I held for you. I thought you understood that.”

“You lied to me!” She screeched.

I needed to end this now. I can’t deal with this anymore, I’m completely done. I threw my face to the sky and the earth started to rumble. Pebbles flew in the air, rain started to pour, lightning lit the sky. My hair blew in the violent wind and I brought my face back down, feeling myself shift into something.

The power I thought I didn’t have was now showing itself, and I was more than excited to use it in the accomplishment of killing my enemy.

Submitted: October 03, 2008

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Way! Oh wait, boo! I need more, grrr! Update soon, please, or else =^.^=

Sun, October 5th, 2008 12:09am


lol im putting the next chapter up RIGHT NOW :-D!!!

Sun, October 5th, 2008 9:50am


O Yea this tim she should not hold back LOL love it very good chapter and full of action LOL hope ya update soon...

love it

Sun, October 5th, 2008 10:04am


:-D next chapter is even better teehee

Sun, October 5th, 2008 9:50am